Saturday, March 28, 2009

Mike Budnik replaces Cole Province at "WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki"

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Former X-Games medalist Mike Budnik (7-2 MMA, 1-2 WEC) will step in on just nine-days' notice to face American Top Team's Rafael Dias (11-5-1 MMA, 0-1 WEC) at "WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki." ( was today informed of the change after original participant Cole Province (5-1 MMA, 0-1 WEC) was forced to bow out of the preliminary-card featherweight bout due to an undisclosed injury.

WEC 40 takes place April 5 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The main card airs live on VERSUS.

Budnik will be looking to rebound from two-straight losses in the WEC, the first two defeats of the 34-year-old's career. "Wildfire" dropped a split decision to John Franchi at WEC 39 on March 1.

Budnik has opened his career with an undefeated record over seven fights before the WEC defeats.

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